The kids ask their dad for cash,
but he doesn’t have any on him.
So, he makes them a promise to do a dash
and run before the sun turns dim
to their mother in a distant town
who is about to finish her record swim
across the sea, to win a crown
and learn the routines of foreign ships
and she’ll return, if she hasn’t drowned
and tell cavalry to ready the whips.
The children say they’d rather splash
then make their tired father move his hips.